Kensington, W8
Estate Agents Area Guide

Why buy or rent a property in Kensington?

An estate agents local area information guide to living in Kensington, London

Kensington High Street W8
Kensington Station W8
Kensington Gardens W8
Kensington Gardens
Kensington is an extremely affluent and exclusive area in the west of Central London, with a cosmopolitan feel and enormous historic and architectural interest. Kensington is set in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with Notting Hill to the north, Chelsea to the south, Knightsbridge to the east, and Shepherd's Bush to the west, the main postcode is W8.

Kensington is a fashionable location covering approximately 5 square miles. It has some of the most expensive and beautiful streets and garden squares in London and is popular with families and professionals due to its central location with the green tranquil spaces of Holland Park and Hyde Park close by.

Kensington is also home to many embassies and London landmarks. The focus of the area is around Kensington High Street with its selection of designer shops and high-street chains, restaurants and cafes; with the popular nearby museums district of South Kensington, SW7 located closeby.

Properties in Kensington

The properties in Kensington comprise a selection of grand detached villas, attractive Victorian and Georgian terraced houses to mansion blocks, with some select garden squares and prices are amongst the most expensive in London. There is a huge demand for these character properties in this area from people both buying and renting. In addition, there are new developments which are also greatly in demand as they can offer 24 hour concierge porterage with security.

Kensington Palace Gardens contains some of the grandest and most expensive houses in the world. It is immediately to the west of Kensington Gardens and connects Notting Hill Gate with Kensington High Street. The southern section of Kensington Palace Gardens is called Palace Green. As of mid 2010, current market prices for a property on that street are an average of £18+ million.

Brief history of Kensington

The Kensington area is first mentioned in 1086 in the Domesday Book when the manor of Kensington was granted by William I of England to one of his inner circle of advisors who was also one of the wealthiest men in post-Conquest England, Geoffrey de Montbray. He in turn granted the tenancy of Kensington to Aubrey de Vere I.

In 1689 William III purchase Nottingham House which was enlarged and re-built by Christopher Wren to make it into a suitable royal residence, later to be known as Kensington Palace. Queen Victoria was born there in 1819 and made it her home until her accession to the throne in 1837. After Queen Victoria's death in 1901, the title of Royal Borough was given to Kensington. The Palace has since been regularly used by members of the Royal family.

Notable residents - past and present

Beatrix Potter
Jonathan Hunt
Lakshmi Mittal
Len Blavatnik

Bernie Ecclestone


A guide to transport facilities in and around Kensington, W8

Underground stations
High Street Kensington Circle District
Notting Hill Gate Central Circle Disrtict
Train stations
Kensington Olympia London Overground Southern Railway
London Paddington Network Rail
Buses to Kensington  


A guide to schools and education in and around Kensington, W8

Nurseries in Kensington
Primary schools in Kensington
Secondary schools in Kensington
Sixth Forms and Colleges Kensington


A guide to places of interest and recreation in and around Kensington, W8

Diana, Princess of Wales
Kensington Palace
Kensington Gardens
Queen Victoria
The Roof Gardens

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